Frosted Wedding Cakes Inspire Furniture: A DIY guide on giving your furniture a frosted wedding cake look.
I used to design and decorate stage sets for a local children’s theater. While I was there I learned a lot of tricks and very cool faux techniques. At the theater we would have to get creative with the existing props and would have to transform them into a time and style appropriate prop. Last year when I was working on Little Women I had to dress up an old side dining chair to make it look Victorian. The plain chair needed to look more ornate and decorative, so I decided to get the trusty hot glue gun out and made decorative scrolls and designs on the chair legs. When the hot glue had dried I simply painted over the glue and the chair. It gave it a faux carved look. This idea has now evolved into decorating furniture with painter’s caulk.
I have been playing with the idea of putting caulk into a baker’s piping bag and piping a wedding cake-frosted like finish on a piece of furniture. This bedside table is my first attempt. It was also my first attempt at using a piping bag.
I started with a thrift find. Just an old wooden bedside table. At first I thought of doing a blue wedding cake look. So I primed and gave the piece a base coat of blue. I used Kiltz primer and regular Behr indoor gloss paint for the base coat. Later deciding against the blue I went with a white and gold glaze.
I found some inexpensive latex caulk at Walmart. It was $1.20 per tube. You can use any kind of caulk, just make sure it says paint-able. Some of the silicone based caulks will not take paint. I squeezed about half a tube of caulk into a piping back and continued filling as I needed.
I borrowed the piping bags and tips from my sister in law, but I think they are available just about everywhere. I used just one of the simplistic tips for piping. I was just wanting to test the technique to see how this idea would work. Later I think I will get a little crazy creative with all the different piping tips and styles out there.
After piping out the caulk I painted the entire piece a white. I was really having a hard time on what color I wanted this. After I painted it white I thought it needed some more shine! ( I kinda like grandma-style gaudy! ) I had some iridescent silver and some gold paint that I dry brushed over the piece which added such a nice dazzle.
Again, I really like the idea behind this and can not wait to try some more styles of cake piping tips out. Please let me know if you have any ideas that snowball off of this.